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Computer languages have undergone dramatic evolution since the first electronic computers were built to assist in telemetry calculations during World War II Early on programmers worked with the most primitive computer instructions machine language These instructions were represented by long strings of ones and zeroes Soon assemblers were invented to map machine instructions to human-readable and -manageable mnemonics such as ADD and MOV In time higher-level languages evolved such as BASIC and COBOL These languages let people work with something approximating words and sentences such as Let I 100 These instructions were translated back into machine language by interpreters and compilers An interpreter translates a program as it reads it turning the program instructions or code directly into actions A compiler translates the code into an intermediary form This step is called compiling and produces an object file The compiler then invokes a linker which turns the object file into an executable program Because interpreters read the code as it is written and execute the code on the spot interpreters are easy for the programmer to work with Compilers however introduce the extra steps of compiling and linking the code which is inconvenient Compilers produce a program that is very fast each time it is run However the time-consuming task of translating the source code into machine language has already been accomplished Another advantage of many compiled languages like C is that you can distribute the executable program to people who dont have the compiler With an interpretive language you must have the language to run the program For many years the principle goal of computer programmers was to write short pieces of code that would execute quickly The program needed to be small because memory was expensive and it needed to be fast because processing power was also expensive As computers have become smaller cheaper and faster and as the cost of memory has fallen these priorities have changed
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